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UPND waives a 2 year membership requirement to contest on the party ticket

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United Party for National Development (UPND) has said that it has made amendments to some of the rules governing qualifications to stand as Member of Parliament, Mayor, Council Chairperson and Councillor, says.

Briefing the media yesterday, UPND Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa stated that the party had earlier demanded that those who wished to contest on its ticket needed to have been members of the party for a period not less than 2 years.

Addressing the Press at the UPND secretariat, Mr Mweetwa, who is also Choma Central MP, stated that the party had waived off the two-year membership for those intending to contest on its ticket.

He said the move is aimed at allowing a wide pool of aspirants to have a chance to bring their political aspirations forward.

“In line with what the UPND Elections Chairperson, Hon. Nkombo stated (last week) that we had extended the application period. We, have since, as UPND made amendments to some of the rules and regulations to stand as MP, Mayor, Council Chairperson and Councillor. Remember, we had put a rule that for anyone to contest on the party ticket, we had put the rule of 2-year membership. The party has since waived or abolished that rule,” said Mweetwa.

Mweetwa also disclosed that UPND has an overwhelming response over the adoption as it had an average of four applicants for each constituency.

He stated that the move was an indication of the party growth and height that the largest opposition political party has attained, adding that the party had “become of age to take the reigns of governance!”

16 COMMENTS

  1. They have no clue what they are doing. They wake up every day and change their minds like a hyena. Imagine if they were in government. There would be a lot of uncertainty. They will wake up and say one thing then change it next day. Useless

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  2. KZ Copy and Paste. Any response from the Panga Family? Any chance that KZ might be elected PF VP and PF Running Mate in the August 12 Elections? They live a life detached from Reality.

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  3. You should learn to put names and credits to pictures you use, we do not all know these faces its a very bad practice on most of your articles.

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  4. GRADE 12 Certificate issue at play. Several parties will not have qualified people to stand for political office. Chance for the youths who have proper Grade 12 certificates to take up political offices.

  5. You should try your best not to take anything trolls say seriously. No matter how poorly they behave, remember these people spend countless unproductive hours trying to make people mad. They’re not worth your time of the day.

  6. PLease be careful, we dont want failed PF mps to stand on UPND. Anyway MPs are not the problem, the problem is the head controlling the PF.

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  7. That’s the problem with Zambian politicians: when their party loses they cross the floor: GBM, CK, Masebo etc. And then they think the voters will follow, NOT. Hey KZ, don’t copy this behavior come August 13 because nobody will want you apart from the prison director!

  8. It’s clear that the UPND is waiting for disgruntled defectors from the PF that won’t be adopted. Thank God I survived the ramshackle vessels owned by one mambala at Kasaka in Kafue, at least I will witness the 6th loss by the veteran loser. Even a new comer Fred Mmembe has outdone some Parties, he began to announce his adopted candidates long ago. That’s a good development

  9. ALA BENA! FYASHUPA KU UPNDEAD, NOBODY TO APPLY SO WHAT NEXT FOR UNDER 5? FOR PF, GO ANYWHERE THERE ARE MORE THAN 6 APPLICANTS PER POSITION! TOO BAD FOR UNDER 5, HES GOING TO LOSE VERY BADLY! PLEASE RETIRE HIM AFTER THE LOSS!

  10. If UPND has a lot of applicants already why change the rules to attract more applicants. Why keep reducing nomination fees. It is a well known fact that UPND does not understand grass root politics and practices region. No one wants to stand on UPND ticket in places like Muchinga, Northern, Luapula, Eastern for fear the lose that is waiting for them. I am sure they will have a lot of applicants on social media.

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